“Hello Japan!” mini-challenge, and other things Japan
October 10, 2009 § 6 Comments
I’ve been meaning to join in this challenge for a while now, but have only found the time today to post about it.
Hello Japan! is hosted by Tanabata of In Spring it is the Dawn, and is a monthly mini-challenge about all things related to Japan. In a way, it is like an aperture, a viewport from which we could learn more about this little country and its culture.
This month, the challenge is:
..to read or watch something scary, spooky or suspenseful.
Tanabata also very kindly provides us with a list of possibilities. I was ecstatic when I saw Death Note in the list, because I’ve been wanting to re-watch the anime for a while now, and this challenge provides me with just the reason (or excuse!) to watch it again despite my horrifying pile of things to do for uni.
Death Note is about a high school boy, Raito, who finds a notebook that belongs to a Death God. In this book, if a person’s name is written in it while the writer thinks of the person’s face, the said person will die. There are twists and turns in this story, because as it turns out, the police are becoming very suspicious of the unexplainable multiple deaths. And in the centre of these investigations is another high-school boy, only known as L. It is a battle of wits between the two of them, making for a very gripping story.
I remember absolutely loving this anime of 37 episodes. But I’m confident that now, watching it for a second time, there will be new things that I will discover, small details that I never really picked up when I watched it initially.
I look forward to posting my thoughts on this anime soon.
The Japanese Literature Book Group and Read-Along are also hosted by Tanabata. I think it’s awesome that we’re getting this opportunity to explore so much of a country and culture that I’m really interested in, and I’m really glad I found out about them.
The Japanese Literature Book Group is a bi-monthly thing, where we will be discussing the book on the last Monday of the month. For the months of October and November, the book group is doing The Old Capital. Mark David from Absorbed in Words has a stunning review of this book, and I’m more than ready to read the book now, especially when there will be discussions about it.
Sometimes, discussing a book and what it meant to you, and finding out what others thought about it and hearing their take on the same story, is every bit as exciting and enlightening as reading the book itself. So I’m really looking forward to taking part in the Book Group.
As for the Japanese Literature Read-along, it is for selected titles that are longer than the average Japanese novel, perhaps a little daunting for some of us. The first book in this read-along is I Am a Cat. I’m not too sure how involved I can be in this read-along, simply because it’s my final semester at uni, and time is really a luxury these days. But I would definitely try my very best. Especially because this takes place over three months.
So yay! for all things Japan!